AVARS, or Avari, an East Caucasian
people, the most renowned of the Lesghian tribes, inhabiting central
Daghestan (see Lesghians). They are the only
Lesghian tribe who possess a written language, for which they make use of
the Arabic characters. They are often confused with the Avars whose
empire on the Danube was broken by Charlemagne; but Komarov asserts that
they are of more recent origin as a tribe, their name being Lowland Turki
for "vagrant" or "refugee."
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